Kartik Aaryan and Deepika Padukone were spotted at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Mumbai office earlier this month, sparking rumours of a cooperation. Then there’s the news that Ranbir Kapoor has dropped out of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film, Baiju Bawra, and has been replaced with Kartik Aaryan. We’ve now learned some additional information about the situation.
A source close to the development reveals to SpotboyE, “Bhansali and Kartik are collaborating on a project that will star the actor opposite Deepika for the first time. However, there is no clarity on which project it is and nothing has been signed on the dotted line yet. That project might be Baiju Bawra or it might be a completely different film that Bhansali is making for Kartik and Deepika.”
If confirmed, it will be Bhansali’s fourth collaboration with Deepika after Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani, and Padmaavat, as well as Kartik’s first with both Bhansali and Deepika.
Kartik may have been in the news in recent months due to a purported feud with Karan Johar and his dismissal from Dostana 2, but the actor appeared to have shaken off the rumours. He just announced his next film with Sajid Nadiadwala, Satyanarayan Ki Katha, which would now be renamed.
Apart from that, he has Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 with Kiara Advani and Tabu in the works, as well as Ram Madhvani’s Dhamaka. He’ll also begin filming his next film, a Hindi adaptation of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo apparently titled Shehzada.